Spectrum vs. Frontier

Is Frontier or Spectrum Internet better? Compare all of your options with this in depth guide to internet, TV, and bundles from Frontier and Spectrum.

The quick answer: Is Frontier or Spectrum better?

Spectrum takes out a lot of the heavy lifting for you, as they only offer 3 plans for internet and TV. This is great for those who want a hassle-free, high-speed connection. Spectrum has starting speeds that are much faster than many of its competitors, so its starting plan is a great deal. On the other hand, if you’re looking for more variety and you want as many options as possible, Frontier has a wide range of plans to choose from. Frontier is also a great option for those who want a high-speed fiber internet connection. Their plans are comparable to Spectrum’s cable connection in terms of speed, and fiber is typically a more reliable connection than cable.

Spectrum vs. Frontier Internet prices and speeds

Our pick for speed and price: Frontier

Spectrum and Frontier offer a variety of plans with different speeds and prices so that you can find the plan that best fits your budget and internet needs. Spectrum offers basic cable plans ranging from $44.99/mo with up to 100 Mbps to their highest tier plan that comes with up to 940 Mbps.

Frontier offers more flexibility with several different plans for you to choose from. Their prices start at $20/mo for speeds up to 6 Mbps, and their fastest fiber plans go up to 940 Mbps. For bigger households, the plan with up to 940 Mbps from Spectrum or Frontier would be a great option. If Frontier’s Gigabit plan is available, we’d recommend going with that over Spectrum’s fastest plan, as fiber is more reliable than cable.

Spectrum

Frontier

Starting Price

$45/mo.

$20/mo.

Starting Speed

Up to 100 Mbps

Up to 3 to 6 Mbps

Connection

Cable

DSL and Fiber

Contracts

No contracts

No contract or 24 months

Installation

$49.99

$75

Data caps

No data caps

1 TB

Equipment

Included at no extra cost

$10/mo.

Where are Spectrum and Frontier Available?

Spectrum is available in 41 states across the country whereas Frontier is offered in 29 states. Spectrum is more widely available than Frontier and services over 28 million customers, so it’s more likely that they’ll be available in your area.

How much do Spectrum and Frontier charge for installation + equipment?

Our pick for installation + equipment: Spectrum

Spectrum offers options to either self-install or get professional installation. If you’re looking to save money, self-installation is $9.99 in comparison to the $49.99 professional installation fee. For peace of mind and less hassle, professional installation may be worth it. Unlike Frontier, you don’t have to pay an equipment leasing fee.

With Frontier, you can choose to self-install or hire a professional to install your equipment. Professional installation from Frontier typically costs up to $75, and there is a $10/mo equipment fee. Your installation prices vary with your location and if you choose to bundle your services, so enter your home address into our simple zip tool to see what plans are available in your area.

The Pros and Cons for Spectrum and Frontier Internet

Spectrum

Frontier

Pros

  • Fast starting speeds
  • No contracts
  • Widely available
  • Inexpensive plan options
  • Reliable fiber connection
  • Variety of plan options

Cons

  • Limited plan options
  • Expensive top tier plans
  • Slow DSL connection
  • More expensive for no contract options
  • Spectrum TV vs. FiOS TV by Frontier

    Our pick for TV: Spectrum

    Spectrum TV

    Spectrum has 3 different options for TV packages, starting at $44.99/mo. Depending on the package you choose, you’ll have access to anywhere from 125 to over 200 channels. Scroll through over 40,000 on demand movies and shows, and take your entertainment wherever you go with the Spectrum TV app. The app gives you access to on demand titles and your recordings on any laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Spectrum TV also allows you to access 80+ channel apps to watch live TV no matter where you are. Spectrum’s Silver and Gold TV packages even come with premium channels like HBO and Showtime. Spectrum’s TV packages don’t require a contract.

    FiOS TV by Frontier

    FiOS TV by Frontier starts out at a cost of $74.99/mo. FiOS packages offer a wide range of networks, starting at 35 channels and going up to 500+ channels. The top package, FiOS TV Ultimate, offers premium movie channels like HBO, Cinemax and Showtime, along with several sports networks. Frontier provides access to 150,000 on demand shows and movies, so you’ll never run out of things to watch. You’ll have access to over 100 live channels and thousands of on demand titles on the go with the FrontierTV mobile app. You’ll need to sign a 2-year contract with FiOS TV by Frontier.

    DIRECTV

    Spectrum

    Channels

    500+

    200+

    Number of Plans

    6

    3

    Starting Price

    $74.99/mo.

    $44.99/mo.

    Contracts

    2 years

    No contracts

    On Demand Titles

    150,000+

    40,000

    Watch Live TV and On Demand Titles On the Go

    Yes

    Yes

    Frontier and Spectrum bundles and deals

    Our pick for bundles and deals: Frontier

    Spectrum and Frontier both offer bundles for internet, TV, and/or home phone services. Bundles are great, because they let you combine all of your services onto one convenient bill. Plus, they often come with perks and discounts.

    Frontier offers bundles that will help you save a lot more than if you had purchased each service individually. For instance, Frontier’s starting Essentials TV package costs $74.99. However, they offer a bundle in select locations with internet and TV for the exact same price. The specific deals and prices for these bundles vary by location.

    Spectrum offers bundles for its internet, TV, and home phone services as well. One of the major perks with Spectrum is that they’ll buy you out of your long term contract from another provider for up to $500. With all the early termination fees other providers charge, this will add up to big savings for you. Plus, Spectrum doesn’t require a contract for its bundles, so you won’t have to pay any fees if you decide to cancel. You’ll also get a 30-day money back guarantee for even more peace of mind.

    The Verdict: Frontier or Spectrum?

    While both providers offer their own perks and benefits, we’ve picked a winner after conducting our analysis. Frontier is better for its speed and plans along with bundles and deals. On the other hand, Spectrum wins for availability, TV service, and installation and equipment fees. Overall, we believe Spectrum is the better option. Along with having fast starting speeds at an affordable price, Spectrum offers several perks that Frontier doesn’t. You’ll never have to sign a contract with Spectrum, while Frontier’s no contract options are more expensive than their 2-year plans. Spectrum charges a lot less for extra fees, as equipment is included in your internet plan’s cost, while Frontier charges $10 a month for equipment rentals. Professional installation is more affordable with Spectrum as well. Add in Spectrum’s contract buyout and 30-day money back guarantee and it’s easy to see why Spectrum beats out Frontier.

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